Posted by Chuck Corbin on Nov 22, 2013

Dolby 5.1 Support For Headsets To Come To Xbox One After Launch

A lot of folks out there are audiophiles, wanting nothing but the best to come to their ears when it comes to gaming and music. Unfortunately, not every living space is conducive to a nice surround sound system, and not everybody has the money to spend on such a system. A good way to go, in that case, is to get a headset that hooks into a console’s optical audio port, like what the PS4 and Xbox One has.

Unfortunately, if you’re hoping to use you’re Xbox One’s optical audio port to get that sweet, sweet 5.1 surround sound on your headset you’re going to be in for a bit of a shock. Albert Penello of Microsoft confirmed that at launch the Xbox One’s optical audio port won’t support 5.1 Dolby Digital at launch for headsets, only stereo. Fortunately, they’re hoping to get that patched in before too long. Here’s what he had to say:

“For the Dolby only headsets, my understanding is that these will work but you will only get stereo audio since we only pass Stereo and DTS through the optical port. I have not tested this myself, but I’m told it works. Regardless, I understand this is an inconvenience, but again we’re going to have Dolby coming.”

With the Xbox One out today, here’s hoping that there isn’t a whole lot of people who were hoping to use that 5.1 surround sound on their headsets!


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